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How to create your own colourful frames

Create with paint! Projects from Habitat by Resene

If you've been meaning to frame a beautiful print or photograph, why not do it with something that pops? 

This project is quick and inexpensive and will make a striking addition to your mantelpiece. 

Colourful picture frame
Colourful picture frame

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Wooden frame with frame inner (Nikki found this at an op shop)
  • Resene testpots in your choice of colours; Nikki used Resene Pompadour and Resene Pink Terrace
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrush
  • Roller tray
  • Print or photograph to fit each frame


  1. Sand your frame down, getting rid of any varnish and leaving it with a smooth finish. Wipe down with a damp cloth.
  2. Paint the frame in Resene Pompadour and the frame inner with Resene Pink Terrace. Leave to dry.
  3. Using the ruler, measure your print or photograph and cut to size.
  4. Frame up and enjoy your colourful piece of artwork! 

Nikki has also used Resene Coral Tree for the wall, Resene Paper Doll for the shelf and Resene Pink Terrace for the vases and diamond.  

Supplies your will need

Step 2

Colourful picture frame detail

Top tips

  • The paint in most Resene testpots is made from Resene Lumbersider, a low-sheen hard-wearing paint normally used for exteriors. This makes it tough enough for a range of craft, art and DIY projects, for indoors and outdoors.
  • If you're looking for colour combo ideas, the back of Resene palette cards have colour matching suggestions. Or use Resene ColourMatch to generate colours that match a photo, fabric, or print that has caught your eye.
  • When waiting for the paint to dry, wrap your paintbrush with a plastic bag. This will keep it from drying out and will be ready for you to use for the second coat.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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